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LifeSmartADDRESSING THE NEED

Dennis Trittin founded LifeSmart Publishing to help address the life skills deficit hindering today’s younger generation. Observation and research suggests this looming crisis is rooted in several cultural and institutional forces:

    1. increasing fragmentation of family life
    2. immature or absent parenting
    3. schools viewing character/life skills as the domain of parents and therefore focusing primarily on traditional subject matter; parents incorrectly assume schools are fully covering key life subjects (e.g., finance)
    4. inadequate youth employment opportunities
    5. harmful cultural messages from the media and entertainment industries

The end result is that our society is producing a generation of young adults largely unprepared to negotiate life, develop and maintain healthy life-long relationships, demonstrate honorable and effective leadership, build stable households, and succeed in a--- Read More
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Let's Make 2017 the Year of Listening

1/14/2017 6:13:24 PM

“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” ~ Epictetus   Question: what one action fosters unity, common understanding, mutual respect, healing, better decisions, more effective management, stronger marriages, families, and friendships, and greater empathy, civility, harmony, knowledge, and perspective? (I think we can all agree these are worthy causes!) Answer: LIstening. If we dedicated ourselves to becoming better listeners. I believe--- Read More
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From Dreamer to Achiever: Making Your 2017 Vision a Reality

1/9/2017 4:55:02 PM

So, what grade would you give yourself regarding your 2016 resolutions? If you’re like most of us, you succeeded with a few, but fell short on more. Sometimes our goals get lost in the shuffle. Sometimes we fail because we didn’t turn our goals into specific plans and actions (i.e., we stayed in dream land). And, sometimes we weren’t that serious about them in the first place.   In last week’s blog, we encouraged you to develop an aspirational vision for 2017, and --- Read More
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Casting Your Vision for 2017

1/2/2017 12:58:24 AM

So, how was your 2016? Despite the holiday frenzy, I hope you took some time to reflect on the year, highlighting your blessings and, yes, considering what might have gone better. What brought you the greatest joy? What were your personal growth successes? Whose lives did you impact the most? What lessons did you learn from your greatest challenges? Does your future look differently?   Soon, the bowl games will be over and it’ll be time to cast your vision for the new year (includin--- Read More
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What Christmas Traditions Can Do for Your Teen

12/19/2016 6:23:11 PM

“Aaaaw, do we really have to do                              this year?” (eyes roll)   Got teens?  If so, it may be easy for you to fill in the blank. Many times, these are the years parents get the most pushback from their kids when it comes to family traditions.  (Think Audrey in Christmas Vacation, if you’re a fan.) &nb--- Read More
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An Out-of-the-Box Holiday Idea

12/12/2016 10:46:29 PM

Tired of shopping from cift card-laden lists that remove the element of surprise? Tempted to play it safe yet again? Or, are you willing to take a calculated risk and think “out of the box” for the special people/person in your life? Allow me to share a true story that might just influence your decision… and add a little magic, too.   I grew up in a family with limited financial means but who went “all out” at Christmas. Imagine a Norman Rockwellian Christmas --- Read More
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Take Charge of Your Worries

12/6/2016 12:12:03 AM

Have you ever noticed that some people are chronic worriers, while others seem to calmly take things in stride? I’ve often wondered how hard life must be for the worrying types. They face the same uncertainties as more easygoing types, but somehow manage to focus on what could go wrong or how something may potentially negatively affect them. It shows up in their stress level, appearance, disposition, and encounters with almost everyone.   Very early in life, I decided to minimize wo--- Read More
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How to Start Treating Your Teen Like a (Real) Grown-Up

11/28/2016 6:30:27 PM

Parents: how many times have you heard your teen say, “You treat me like a kid!” How many times have you responded, “Well, it’s because you act like one!”?   Teens are constantly and increasingly tugging at the reins, wanting more and more slack. When teens ask to be treated like adults, what they’re really wanting are the privileges of adulthood. A car. Money in their pockets. Decision-making authority. Autonomy. Unfortunately, because of the nature of--- Read More
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Because We're Thankful for YOU

11/22/2016 4:00:54 PM

As we enter Thanksgiving week, we’re grateful for your tireless investment in the next generation. Whether you’re a parent, guardian, educator, or mentor, we’re celebrating YOU with our annual holiday sale, now through year-end!   You’ll receive substantial savings—(20% off!)—on all of our products:  What I Wish I Knew at 18:     109 leadership strategies for a successful life, messaged to your teen Powerful wisdom for college, ca--- Read More
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5 Benefits of Gratefulness That Will Surprise You

11/22/2016 11:43:31 AM

Thanksgiving is tomorrow! It’s one of my favorite holidays, not just because I enjoy the delicious turkey, stuffing (seriously, mine is the best!), pumpkin pie, and spending time with loved ones, but because of something deeper. Thanksgiving gives me the chance to slow down and do a self-check—an opportunity to look in my heart and ask myself, Am I grateful?  Do I practice an “others first” way of life? Would others, especially my kids, even notice?   Most of u--- Read More
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Win Some, Lose Some

11/14/2016 6:32:11 PM

Coke or Pepsi Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise Big Mac or Whopper iPhone or Galaxy Rap or Country Republican or Democrat or ______   We all have our tastes and preferences, and we make our choices accordingly. Sometimes we like our options. Other times, we choose what we dislike least.   And so it goes with our elections—especially last week’s. Like you, I “won” some and “lost” some. (Thankfully, my life goes on because I don’t define my hop--- Read More
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Make the Best Decision in the Heat of the Moment

11/8/2016 11:34:02 AM

Can you remember a time that you were scared, sad, angry, or hurt and made a rash decision based on emotion or said something you later regretted? We’ve all done it. And most likely, these situations never worked out very well.   As we grow older and wiser, we eventually learn that it’s never smart to make important decisions abruptly or in a highly emotional state. Simply put, there’s too much distraction and it’s nearly impossible to think objectively or clearly.--- Read More
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